Leaning on Legionnaires: Why Modern States Recruit Foreign Soldiers

@article{Grasmeder2021LeaningOL,
  title={Leaning on Legionnaires: Why Modern States Recruit Foreign Soldiers},
  author={Elizabeth M.F. Grasmeder},
  journal={International Security},
  year={2021},
  volume={46},
  pages={147-195}
}
Abstract Why do modern states recruit legionnaires—foreigners who are neither citizens nor subjects of the country whose military they serve? Rather than exclusively enlist citizens for soldiers, for the past two centuries states have mobilized legionnaires to help wage offensives, project power abroad, and suppress dissent. A supply-and-demand argument explains why states recruit these troops, framing the choice to mobilize legionnaires as a function of political factors that constrain the… 

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